RAMSI’s regional nature is its core underlying strength with the mission benefiting from the diverse cultures and experience of the contributing members. Since the arrival of RAMSI in 2003, thousands of police, military and civilian personnel from across the region have served with RAMSI and worked side by side with Solomon Islanders.
Australia has provided civilian, police and military personnel to RAMSI since it began in July 2003. Australia plays the lead role in RAMSI, providing the majority of personnel, including an Australian diplomat to head the Mission as Special Coordinator.
The Participating Police Force (PPF) is led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Australia provides the largest number of personnel to the PPF and coordinates all contributing contingents. The multi-national composition of the mission has been influential in the success of PPF activities and widespread acceptance within the Solomon Islands.
Prior to transition in July 2013, Australia also managed the military and development components of the Mission.
Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of Australia is approximately 23,500,000.